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Charity softball game benefits Special Olympics Maine

7:32 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There was an increased amount of police activity on the University of Maine's campus on Sunday...but the activity, was softball. The Orono Police Department took on the Umaine Men's ice hockey team in the 4th Annual Blue on Blue Softball game to benefit Special Olympics Maine. And as you'll soon see, both squads were in it...to win it.

"They're awesome athletes. They're young, they're strong, they're great athletes but we don't come in here ever intending to lose we expect to win every year," said Orono Chief of Police Josh Ewing.

"I told them I hope you guys practice because you guys have still yet to win," said UMaine Senior Forward Jon Swavely.

"Look at his arm, he's the pitcher and they were pretty intimidated....they're lying. Three years in a row we've won it we've got the banner to prove it so if they're not intimidated they're not playing hard" said Junior Forward Connor Leen.    

While the hockey team came out on top in a hard fought game, it was the bigger picture that mattered most, spending time with athletes and having fun.    

"It reminds us to slow down and understand what's more important and the little things, these guys really appreciate it and it means a lot to them and its something bigger than us and hockey in general," said Swavely.    

A collaborative effort that brings the hockey team together as the start to their season approaches.    

"It's a good team bonding experience we have fun together joking around supporting each other supporting the special olympics," said Swavely.    

"All the guys get out here we have some laughs, we have some fun as a team," said Sophomore Defenseman Ben Hutton.    

"It's good to get relaxed before the season starts because it can get pretty hectic and I think this is a great way to do it and relieve some stress and crush some softballs," said Leen.    

But for Orono Chief of Police Josh Ewing...it was about spending time together as a family.    

"I get to see my son play, hit the ball and run the bases. He is thrilled, this is the time of his life to be able to come here and have people cheer for him I think all the special olympics athletes feel the same way," said Ewing.

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